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Revolving Doors: Monsanto and the Regulators PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 January 2016 15:47

by Jennifer Ferrara


The Ecologist September October 1998 (This edition was trashed by the printing office after threats from Monsanto) {footnotes are missing}

Traditionally, key figures at the FDA in particular have either held important positions at Monsanto, or are destined to do so in the future. Is it surprising therefore that Monsanto gets clearance frr its often dangerous products?

Though the evolution of genetic engineering from a laboratory science to a method of creating commercial products happened very fast - within a decade - the US government saw the commercialization of biotechnology coming and deliberately chose a path that has amounted to nonregulation. Genetic engineering broke through natural barriers of reproduction and sped up plant and animal breeding processes, but agribusiness corporations were wary that burdensome regulations would hinder new discoveries and therefore the commercial development of the technology. The federal government took up industry's cause. Instead of establishing strict, precautionary regulations that gave priority to public and environmental health, the government patched together an inadequate regulatory system that relied on risk assessment, industry science, and corporate volunteerism.

America Revisits the Dark Side Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:10

By Rebecca Gordon

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176087/tomgram%3A_rebecca_gordon%2C_american_war_crimes%2C_yesterday%2C_today%2C_and_tomorrow/#moreThey’re back!

From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because American officials got away with it last time -- and in the case of the drone warscontinue to get away with it today. Still, there’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.” That, as critics have long argued, is what usually happens if war crimes aren’t prosecuted.

In August 2014, when President Obama finally admitted that “we tortured some folks,” he added a warning. The recent history of U.S. torture, he said, “needs to be understood and accepted. We have to as a country take responsibility for that so hopefully we don’t do it again in the future.” By pinning the responsibility for torture on all of us “as a country,” Obama avoided holding any of the actual perpetrators to account.

Youth Sue Obama Administration For Allowing Climate Change, Violating Constitutional Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 August 2015 13:21

"We have a moral obligation to leave a healthy planet for future generations."

Twenty-one young people from around the country filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Tuesday accusing the federal government of violating their rights by contributing to climate change through the promotion of fossil fuels.

The plaintiffs, who range in age from 8 to 19, filed their complaint in U.S. District Court in Oregon. The complaint lists numerous defendants, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency"Defendants have for decades ignored their own plans for stopping the dangerous destabilization of our nation's climate system," the plaintiffs said in their complaint, which was filed with the help of the Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children's Trust"Defendants have known of the unusually dangerous risk of harm to human life, liberty, and property that would be caused by continued fossil fuel use and increase [carbon dioxide] emissions."

Delusionary Thinking in Washington The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:57

By Michael T. Klare


Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them. Russia refuses to curtail its support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia refuses to endorse the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran; the Islamic State movement (ISIS) refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 May 2015 15:42
The U.N. at 70: A Glass Half Full PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:31

Dr. Palitha Kohona is former Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

COLOMBO, May 26 2015 (IPS) - As the U.N. enters its 70th year, it is legitimate to ask whether it has been a success so far. Over the years, the media, in particular the Western media, has tended to highlight the U.N.’s failures.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:39
California drought spurs protest over 'unconscionable' bottled water business PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:37
  • Report finds lax oversight, with some operations unlicensed for years
  • Petition against Nestlé bottling operations garners 150,000 signatures
  • By  in Los Angeles
  • http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/19/california-drought-protest-bottled-water
bottled water

 Bottled water is facing growing controversy amid California’s drought. Photograph: Alamy


Californians facing the prospect of endless drought, mandated cuts in water use and the browning of their summer lawns are mounting a revolt against the bottled water industry, following revelations that Nestlé and other big companies are taking advantage of poor government oversight to deplete mountain streams and watersheds at vast profit.

An online petition urging an immediate end to Nestle’s water bottling operations in the state has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, in the wake of an investigation by the San Bernardino Desert Sun that showed the company is taking water from some of California’s driest areas on permits that expired as long as 27 years ago.

A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:30

By Laura Gottesdiener


Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door CompanyIts purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:40
The Great Game in Afghanistan (Twenty-First-Century Update) And the U.S. Is Losing Out PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:30

By Dilip Hiro


Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own. He seems to be in the process of trying to sideline the country’s major patron of the last 13 years -- and as happened in Iraq after the American invasion and occupation there, Chinese resource companies are again picking up the pieces.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 18:43
Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:03


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Photo released in 2013 of an Amazon.com test drone. The company is now testing more advanced models in British Columbia.
AP Photo/AmazonPhoto released in 2013 of an Amazon.com test drone. The company is now testing more advanced models in British Columbia.

VANCOUVER – Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada.

On Monday, the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:08
Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:33

President Obama with members of his cabinet speaking to the Democratic Governors Association. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda



Jabin Botsford/The New York Times


WASHINGTON — An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed byPresident Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.

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